log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday MONDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2022 12 pages GOA Despite having power, did MMC play safe over unsafe buildings? Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday PRICE ` 8 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 154 GOA Chaos over BMC chairman poll, Curca sarpanch abruptly ends gram sabha 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO Surprising beauty benefits of ginger IN SHORT >> PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has advised Goans to register and take advantage of the e-marketplace facility provided under the Government-e-Marketplace (GeM) initiative of the Union government. “The portal takes the products at all India market level,” he said. Goan gets Brazil award for his work PANAJI: Roque Orlando Costa of Margao was on Sunday conferred the prestigious Medal of Merit “Order of Rio Branco” and a Diploma of Recognition from the Brazilian government. The honour was bestowed on Costa by Brazil’s Ambassador to India Andre Aranha Correa do Lago. >> See pg 2 Roadside vending in Margao returns MARGAO: Vending has raised its ugly head at the Margao Comunidade square once again adjoining the Margao Municipal building. Completely stopped during the brief stint of then Margao Municipal Chief Officer Rohit Kadam, vending has returned at the Communidade square on Sunday. >> See pg 5 Karaswada junction faulty, claims MLA MAPUSA: Stating that the alignment of Karaswada junction below the NH66 was “faulty”, Mapusa MLA, Joshua D’Souza said concerned authorities were seized with the issue and would soon come out with a concrete plan to ease the chaos faced by motorists during the peak hours at the junction. >> See pg 3 WEATHER >> Max: 33 C Min: 20 C Humidity: 90% TIDES Low: High: 02:22 14:54 08:09 21:37 THE GOAN I NETWORK Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on Sunday. Football extravaganza kicks off AGENCIES DOHA The FIFA World Cup 2022 began on Sunday evening with a glittering opening ceremony in Doha on Sunday The ceremony began at the Al Bayt Stadium with a cultural performance before all of the World Cup songs were performed. Before the opening ceremony, French icon Marcel Desailly handed the World Cup trophy to the crowd. Fans cheered enthusiastically for ENNER VALENCIA BRACE GIVES ECUADOR 2-0 WIN VS QATAR IN OPENER >> Report on pg 11 the former football player as he hoisted the trophy to display it to them. One of the main attractions of the FIFA World Cup 2022 opening ceremony was Hollywood great Morgan Freeman. The crowd at the Al Bayt Stadium was enthralled by him and his acting. Following Morgan Freeman, the stadium was filled by mascots from past FIFA World Cups. A mashup of songs from past FIFA World Cups played simultaneously. Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman was impressive with his message of hope, togetherness, and tolerance while BTS singer Jung Kook stole the stage with his new song, “Dreamers,” at the opening ceremony. The lighting design and music at the venue were excellent. The crowd had a blast Nephew stabs uncle over family dispute in Loliem Accused nabbed while trying to flee THE GOAN I NETWORK CANACONA In a shocking incident, a 44-year-old man from Loliem-Polem was stabbed by his nephew multiple times over a family dispute early on Sunday. The incident occurred after Ajay Kharat (25) stabbed his uncle Janu Sonu Kharat (44) for allowing his father who was allegedly inebriated to stay overnight at Dapot-Maxem. The victim was immediately rushed to the Community Health Centre (CHC) Chaudi but was declared brought dead. Canacona PI Chandrakant Gawas rushed to the crime site on getting information and arrested Ajay who attempted to flee on seeing the police. According to sources, the two families are living at a distance of just 25 metres from each other at at Dapot-Max- HOW IT HAPPENED: BLOW BY BLOW Father (Ram Kharat) of the accused is believed to have come home in an inebriated state Enraged family members do not allow him inside and bolt the door Ram goes to his younger brother’s house and spends the night Next morning he narrates his ordeal to his brother Infuriated by the act, his brother goes and questions the family members… heated arguments break out Ajay (his nephew) on hearing the arguments, picks up a knife from the kitchen and stabs his uncle. The victim collapses in a pool of blood, rushed to CHC but declared brought dead em on an uncultivated land belonging to Comunidade of Loliem-Polem behind God’s Gift Celebration Hall, Maxem. On the night before the attack, as usual the father (Ram Kharat) of the accused is believed to have come home drunk. On seeing this, the family members did not al- Judges reluctant to grant bail out of fear, says CJI PTI NEW DELHI Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud has said judges at the grassroots are reluctant to grant bail due to the sense of fear of being targeted for granting bail in heinous cases. At a felicitation event organised by the Bar Council of India, CJI Chandrachud said, “Higher judiciary is flooded with bail applications due to reluctance at grassroots to grant bail. Judges at the grassroots are reluctant to grant bail not because they do not understand crime, but there is sense of fear of being targeted for granting bail in heinous cases.” 12 Sawant promises 5000-seater world class convention centre at Dona Paula by 2025 Take advantage of GeM, CM to Goans MARGAO: Road accidents have claimed around 217 lives up to the month of October this year, around 51 more accidents than the figures of the corresponding period last year. Statistics compiled by authorities have revealed that of the total 217 lives that have been lost in accidents, around 126 deceased persons were riders, 22 pillion riders, nine drivers, 13 passengers and 41 pedestrians. >> See pg 2 Suryakumar smashes ton as India hammers New Zealand in second T20I Glitz & glamour: IFFI off to a dazzling start (See page 11) Southgate’s England start campaign against Iran Mishaps claim 217 in 10 months 9 SPORTS Higher judiciary is flooded with bail applications due to reluctance at grassroots to grant bail. Judges at the grassroots are reluctant to grant bail not because they do not understand crime, but there is sense of fear of being targeted for granting bail in heinous cases,” — D Y Chandrachud, CJI Union Law minister Kiren Rijiju was also present at the occasion. He raised concerns over several lawyers meeting CJI regarding transfers. “I heard some lawyers want to meet CJI regarding the transfer case. It can be an individual issue but if it becomes a recurring instance for every decision by the col- legium which is supported by Government then ‘Where will it lead to’, whole dimension will change,” Rijiju said. CJI Chandrachud on November 9 became the 50th Chief Justice of India. He will have a tenure till November 10, 2024. He succeeded Chief Justice UU Lalit, who retired on November 9. low him inside and bolted the door. Left with nowhere to go, Ram went to the house of his younger brother and spent the night there. The next morning he reportedly complained to his younger brother that his >Continued on P5 seeing Morgan Freeman and Jung Kook perform. The production of the event was based on a look back at previous World Cups, down to the background music, which included Wavin’ Flag. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani welcomed the world to Qatar for FIFA’s huge event after Jung Kook’s performance. The FIFA World Cup 2022 opening ceremony came to a finish, as the World Cup 2022 was officially proclaimed open with fireworks at the Al Bayt Stadium. Mass shooting at nightclub in US, 5 dead PTI COLORADO Five people were killed and 18 injured in a shooting at a gay nightclub late Saturday night in Colorado Springs, Colorado, police said. A suspect was in custody and was being treated for injuries after the attack at Club Q, Colorado Springs police Lieutenant Pamela Castro told a news conference. Police got the initial phone call just before midnight about the shooting, Castro said, adding that upon arrival, officers located one person who was believed to be the suspect inside the club. She did not give any information on the motive for the attack and declined to say what kind of firearm was used in the shooting. In its Google listing, Club Q describes itself as an “adult-oriented gay and lesbian nightclub hosting theme nights.” The club said in a statement on its Facebook page, that it was “devastated by the senseless attack. PANAJI This year’s edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) kicked off on Sunday with the usual Bollywood style glitter and dazzle of the opening ceremony unveiled by the host Aparshakti Khurana at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium, Taleigao. The 53rd edition of the country’s flagship film festival found a permanent location in Goa since 2004 and is being held after a gap of three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic forced interruption since 2020. Last year it was held in the hybrid digital mode. Some 280 films from 79 countries are being screened at this year’s edition of IFFI. A glittering entertainment programme showcased the evolution of Indian Cinema over the last 100 years. A dazzling performance by bollywood superstar Karthik Aryan was its show-stopper. The attendance at the ceremony of a galaxy of Bollywood movie stars added to the on-stage glitter even as a number of foreign film per- Dancers perform at the opening ceremony of the International Film Festival of India at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium, Taleigao on Sunday. Narayan Pissurlenkar sonalities were also spotted dotting the VIP galleries and the audience seating. Spanish film maker Carlos Saura was honoured with the ‘Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award’and Chiranjivi was conferred the ‘Indian personality of the year’ award. The opening film is the Austrian movie Alma and Oskar which is directed by Dieter Berner and France is the country of focus, apparently in reciprocation of India getting the ‘Country of Honour’ at the Cannes festival this year. The ‘Country Focus’ segment will feature films by French directors such as Claire Denis, Mia Hansen Love, Florence Miailhe among others. Union I&B Minister, Anurag Thakur, Goa Governor Sreedharan Pillai and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant shared the honours of the traditional act of lighting the >Continued on P5 Setback for IIT, Centre says Sanguem land inadequate Faldesai firm, says govt will purchase more land THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a huge setback to Goa government’s plan to set up an IIT campus at Sanguem, the central government has rejected the land identified by the State terming it as ‘inadequate’. Though the Centre had sought 12 lakh sq mts land to set up the premium institute, Goa government had managed to identify only 7 lakh sq mts land in Sanguem for the purpose. The Centre rejected the State’s proposal as hardly 3 lakh sq mts land would be left for development, since remaining land is either under green cover or rocky terrain. Reacting to the Centre’s decision, Social Welfare Minister Subhash Phaldesai -- a strong proponent of the project -- said that the Goa government will ensure that IIT campus will be set up at the same venue. He said the government will pur- chase additional 2 lakh sq mt adjacent land from a private party for this purpose. He also said that there were two more sites in Sanguem under the consideration of the government. It may be recalled that several farmers and the tribal population from Sanguem and Quepem have been opposing the IIT project for taking over their farm lands without their consent. They have alleged that Pramod Sawant-government was adopting a dictatorial attitude to acquire their land for setting up a permanent campus of the IIT. Several protests have been staged while sit-in agitations were held against the government’s move to acquire land. Cases were also registered against the protesting farmers >Continued on P5 COP27 okays historic deal, big win for poor nations PTI SHARM or the first time, the nations decided to help pay for the damage an overheating world is inflicting on poor countries, but they finished marathon climate talks on Sunday without further addressing the root cause of those disasters -- the burning of fossil fuels. The deal, gavelled around dawn in this Egyptian Red Sea resort city, establishes a fund for what negotiators call loss and damage. It is a big win for poorer nations which have long called for cash -- sometimes viewed as reparations -- because they are often the victims of climate-worsened floods, droughts, heat waves, famines and storms despite having contributed little to the pollu- F World has waited far too long: India NEW DELHI: India has termed COP27 “historic” for securing an agreement on establishing a fund to address loss and damage due to climate change-induced disasters, saying “the world has waited far too long for this”. On the establishment of a work programme on climate action in agriculture and food security, Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said the responsibilities to reduce emissions should not be shifted to smallholder farmers. For India, there were many positives to be drawn from COP27. The most significant for us was the inclusion of sustainable lifestyle in the Sharm El-Sheikh Implementation Plan, he said. tion that heats up the globe. It is also long been called an issue of equity for nations hit by weather extremes and small island states that face an existential threat from rising seas. Three long decades and we have finally delivered climate justice, said Seve Paeniu, the finance minister of Tuvalu. We have finally responded to the call of hundreds of millions of people to help them address loss and damage. Pakistan’s environment minister, Sherry Rehman, said the establishment of the fund is not about dispensing charity. “It is clearly a down payment on the longer investment in our joint futures, she said, speaking for a coalition of the world’s poorest nations. Antigua and Barbuda’s Molwyn Joseph, who chairs the organisation of small island states, described the agreement as a win for our world. “We have shown those who have felt neglected that we hear you, we see you, and we are giving you the respect and care you deserve, he said. The deal followed a game of climate change chicken over fossil fuels. Early Sunday morning, delegates approved the compensation fund but had not dealt with the contentious issues of an overall temperature goal, emissions cutting and the desire to target all fossil fuels for phase down. Through the wee hours of the night, the European Union and other nations fought back what they considered backsliding in the Egyptian presidency’s overarching cover agreement and threatened to scuttle the rest of the process. The package was revised again, removing most of the elements Europeans had objected to but added none of the heightened ambition they were hoping for. What we have in front of us is not enough of a step forward for people and planet, a disappointed Frans Timmermans, executive vice president of the European Union, told his fellow negotiators. It does not bring enough added efforts from major emitters to increase and accelerate their emissions cuts.
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